In the course of my exhaustive research on Mahler 6, which I’m conducting next month, I stumbled upon a nice post on an excellent blog by Gene De Lisa that I hadn’t previously come across.
It’s well worth a read for a good synopsis of the history of the famous hammer blows in the Finale of the 6th, but what I really liked was the video selection of various hammer blows on YouTube, which I’ve copied below for your viewing pleasure, with a few new discoveries added on for good measure. Let us know what your favorite is. I could watch this stuff all day!
The Vienna Phil always have cool looking kit
Loud but cheating
A bit half-hearted:
Someone messing with Haitink. Don’t mess with Haitink.
This one is amusing-
UPDATED April 2012- NEW HAMMER BLOWS
This one is very good, although one sees a bit too much belly
I like how the box goes flying in this one
Nice documentary on the making of a hammer
A little early and not loud enough!
Just the hammer and no band
The Mahler hammer equivalent of conducting in a mirror to a cd